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Demonstrators protested police violence in downtown Albuquerque on Wednesday, Oct. 12, a day after a hung jury resulted in a mistrial in the murder trial of two former APD officers who shot and killed James Boyd.

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Albuquerque Mayor Introduces Anti-Crime Proposals – The Associated Press & The ABQ Journal The Albuquerque mayor has put forward an anti-crime agenda that focuses on keeping repeat offenders locked up longer.

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Hummingbirds can fly backwards, upside-down, and float in mid-air. The PBS series Nature explores these little creatures in the first episode of their 35th season which airs on New Mexico PBS . Christopher Witt , UNM Associate Professor and Curator of Birds at the Department of Biology and Museum of Southwestern Biology , says they are the most amazing species he studies. He's one of the scientists featured in the program. He spoke with KUNM's Chris Boros.

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Albuquerque Police Protest Scheduled After Mistrial – The Associated Press Activists have scheduled a protest outside the Albuquerque courthouse where the case against two former New Mexico police officers charged in the death of a homeless man ended in a mistrial.

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Two Albuquerque police officers were charged with second-degree murder for an on-the-job shooting for the first time in at least half a century. They were facing up to 15 years in prison for killing James Boyd, who’d been camping illegally for about a month in the Foothills of the Sandia Mountains in 2014. The jury announced that it was deadlocked Tuesday, Oct. 11.

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Food co-ops today are facing big challenges that can sometimes pit management against member-owners. Here in New Mexico, a group called Take Back the Co-op is organizing members of the state’s largest food cooperative to voice their concerns about recent changes at the business. Co-op leadership held meetings last week to talk to members about the changes.

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Absentee Voting Begins In New Mexico – The Associated Press Absentee voting has begun in New Mexico ahead of the November general election.

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KUNM Call In Show 10/13 8a: The 2016 presidential election has been polarizing. Many of the biggest divides are over class, gender and race. We'll talk about how this election is highlighting voter attitudes on these important topics.

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1,400-Acre Solar Energy Project Is State's Biggest – The Associated Press & The Carlsbad Current-Argus A $260 million solar project opening near Roswell will have the capacity to provide enough power for more than 40,000 homes.

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Religious Leaders Criticize GOP For Death Penalty Decision — Associated Press Religious leaders in New Mexico are slamming the governor and House Republicans for voting to reinstate the death penalty during an all-night special session, leaving little opportunity for a debate.

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Lawmakers wrapped up a special session this week and passed measures to address a budget deficit of about $600 million. KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel got some of the details from Matt Reichbach, editor of NMPoliticalReport.com .

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The jury is deliberating whether two former Albuquerque police officers will be convicted of second-degree murder after shooting and killing James Boyd, a homeless man with mental illness in 2014. Boyd’s brother Andrew Jones wrote in an email that it was painful to watch his brother killed again and again as the video was replayed in court. Boyd won’t be forgotten, he wrote, and that gives him some comfort. His life mattered.

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A group of anxious young people gather in a bar. They're about to take part in a whirlwind game of romantic connection -- a sort of high-stakes musical chairs. Speed Dating is a contemporary opera by the popular American composer Michael Ching. The New Mexico premiere will be performed by students in the University of New Mexico's Opera Theatre program October 21-23 at Keller Hall in Albuquerque. Leslie Umphrey and Sam Shepperson, co-directors of the UNM Opera Theatre, say that Speed Dating ...

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New Mexico Legislature Sends Budget Fix To Governor – Associated Press New Mexico lawmakers sent a package of state agency spending cuts and budget measures to the governor on Thursday and scuttled efforts by Republicans, including Gov. Susana Martinez, to reinstate the death penalty.

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Starting a small business can seem like a huge undertaking. What is your logo going to be? Who is your target market? What approvals do you need from the government? Not to mention just the basics of making your product or providing your service. These are the kinds of questions Native American entrepreneurs will be working to answer together in Crownpoint on Friday, Oct. 7.

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A jury heard closing arguments on Thursday, Oct. 6, and will weigh the fate of two Albuquerque police officers charged with second-degree murder for killing James Boyd in 2014.

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After James Boyd was shot and killed by members of the Albuquerque Police Department, a recording emerged of one of those officers telling a colleague he was going to shoot Boyd hours before he did it. Keith Sandy is facing aggravated battery and second-degree murder charges. During much of his testimony on Wednesday, Oct. 5, he tried to explain police culture and the banter between officers.

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Death Penalty Bill Fails To Clear NM Senate – The Associated Press The New Mexico Legislature has adjourned from a special legislative session without considering a measure to reinstate the death penalty and other criminal justice initiatives backed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

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The defense asked the judge on Wednesday, Oct. 5, to dismiss all charges against the two former Albuquerque Police Department officers who shot James Boyd in 2014.

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After members of the Albuquerque Police Department killed James Boyd in 2014, audio was released of one officer saying he was going to shoot Boyd with a Taser shotgun before he’d even gone into the Foothills of the Sandia Mountains.

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A group called Take Back the Co-op wants to make big changes at La Montañita Co-op. The group says New Mexico’s largest food cooperative has become too corporate and isn’t listening to member-owners, and are collecting signatures for a petition.

For the first time in memory, two former Albuquerque police officers are facing second-degree murder charges for an on-the-job shooting. And their trial is offering a rare glimpse into the mindset of law enforcement in tense situations. Former officer Dominique Perez took the stand in his own defense on Tuesday.

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New Mexico House Nears Vote On Agency Cuts – The Associated Press A budget solvency plan that would slash spending at most New Mexico agencies is under discussion on the floor of the House of Representatives.

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One of the two former Albuquerque police officers facing second-degree murder charges for shooting and killing James Boyd took the stand in his own defense on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

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Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate.

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New Mexico Governor Gets Bill Cutting 119 Capital Projects – The Associated Press Governor Susana Martinez is getting a bill that slashes 119 capital projects amid efforts by state lawmakers to close a half-billion dollar shortfall. The GOP-led House approved Monday a proposal by the Democratic-controlled Senate that moves around $90 million in unspent state funds to New Mexico's general fund. Projects planned for the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the National Hispanic Cultural Center are...

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Two former Albuquerque police officers are facing murder charges for what could be the first time here. The effectiveness of the SWAT team in dangerous situations has come into play during the trial, and police who were there the day James Boyd was shot in 2014 have been testifying in court. It’s the first time the public has heard directly from many of these officers.

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KUNM Call In Show 10/6 8a: New Mexico is having a love affair with local breweries and distilleries. This week we’ll talk about the economic impact that breweries and distilleries are having on the state. What do you think? How can we help grow and support the industry? How can we make sure it contributes fairly to the economy?

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The defense has started putting on its case on Thursday, Sept. 29, in the trial of two Albuquerque police officers facing murder charges for shooting and killing James Boyd. There were protests in Albuquerque after the shooting, and many people objected to police treatment of the homeless man, who had a mental illness.

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Gary Johnson Draws 24 Percent Of NM Voters – Associated Press, Albuquerque Journal A new poll shows former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson drawing support from 24 percent residents in the presidential election.

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